M.E.: Lakota woman died of ‘sharp force injuries’

Dietrick’s preliminary hearing is March 13

Chad Dietrick

LAKOTA — The death of a Lakota woman last weekend was a homicide caused by “sharp force injuries,” according to an autopsy conducted by the state Medical Examiner’s Office.

The Kossuth County Sheriff’s Department reported the results of the autopsy Tuesday.

Krista Lynn Hesebeck, 38, was found at 202 Second St. in Lakota shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday.

Kossuth County sheriff’s deputies responded to that residence after receiving a report of a “domestic assault with weapons,” according to Kossuth County Sheriff Stephen Kollasch.

They arrested 45-year-old Chad David Dietrick and charged him with first-degree murder, a class A felony.

Dietrick has also been charged with going armed with intent, a class D felony.

He was found at 517 Smith St. in Lakota, the same location where authorities determined the 911 call originated.

Dietrick had lacerations to his left arm when he was arrested, authorities said.

Dietrick is being held in the Kossuth County Jail, though no bond amount was listed on Iowa Courts Online.

His preliminary hearing has been set for March 13 at 2 p.m. in the Kossuth County Courthouse.

Other investigating agencies included the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Algona Police Department, Forest City Police Department and the Winnebago County sheriff’s office. Ambulances from Lakota, Swea City and Algona were on scene.